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16 - APRIL - 2016

 

WORLD BANK GROUP ADOPTED CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION PLAN

The World Bank Group (WBG) adopted the Climate Change Action Plan. The plan was designed to help countries meet their Paris COP21 pledges and manage increasing climate impacts.

It sets targets for 2020 in high-impact areas, including clean energy, green transport, climate-smart agriculture, and urban resilience.

COP 21 under UNFCCC adopted Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Highlights of Climate Change Action Plan

• The climate-related share of WBG’s portfolio will be increased from 21 to 28 percent by 2020 in response to client demand, with total financing of potentially 29 billion US dollars per year by 2020.

• The bank will support countries in translating their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) into climate policies and investment plans into actions and in mainstreaming climate considerations into policies and budgets.

• The IFC, a member of the group, will crowd in private sector finance by significantly scaling up its own investments— from 2.3 billion to about 3.5 billion US dollars in 5 years.

• By 2020, it will have mobilized at least $13 billion per year in external private sector investments through its operations.

• Multiple instruments will be deployed to de-risk renewable energy investments, with a cumulative target of adding 20 GW in renewable energy generation over 5 years.

• The WB will “green” grids with the aim to enable the addition of 10 GW of variable renewable energy over 5 years and ensure that all energy investments are adapted to climate change.

• The WB will aim to mobilize 25 billion US dollars of commercial funding for clean energy over the next five years.

• It will pursue urban mobility and low-carbon, multimodal transport operations in all regions and aim for 2 billion US dollars in lending for adaptation between 2016 and 2020.

• The focus will be on integrating climate into urban planning, among others, by developing tools and knowledge products through the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities and aim to roll these out in at least 30 cities by 2020.

• Climate-smart agriculture profiles and investment plans will be developed by 2020 for at least 40 countries.

• By 2020, the WBG aims to have assisted 20 countries in enhancing their capacity to innovate in climate sectors and increase industrial competitiveness in response to climate change.

UNION GOVERNMENT APPROVED COUNTRY’S FIRST METRINO POD TAXI PROJECT FOR GURGAON

The Union Government approved country’s first Metrino Pod project for Gurgaon, for which the state government would not have to pay anything. The work on this project would start by 1 June 2016.

Haryana Public Works (Building and Roads) Minister, Rao Narbir Singh said that the National Highway Authority of India has also submitted the feasibility report for this Metrino Pod taxi project. The fare of Metrino Pod taxi would be similar to that of the Metro.

The pilot project will span a 13km stretch from the Gurgaon-Delhi border to Badshapur Mod on Sohna Road and is estimated to cost 850 crore rupees.
Metrino Pod project

The project called the Metrino is a PRT system in which pods will be suspended from an overhead rail. Every pod can take up to five passengers. For the pilot project route, 16 stations have been planned, starting near Ambience Mall.

A personal rapid transit (PRT) network is made up of small automated vehicles running at close intervals on a guideway with docking stations for passengers to get on and get off. While a pod can accommodate up to five people, there is also an option to hire an entire pod that will take a passenger straight to the destination, skipping the scheduled stops. The average speed of the pods is 60kmph.

SPACEX SUCCESSFULLY LANDED ITS ROCKET ON A FLOATING DRONE SHIP FOR THE FIRST TIME

American aerospace company SpaceX achieved the historic feat of successfully launching and landing Falcon 9 rocket. The rocket landed on a drone ship at sea after being launched into space.

This was the first time that the company succeeded in landing the rocket in Ocean. The feat was achieved after the company failed to do so in its four previous attempts. This feat also is important because the landing proved that SpaceX can land its rockets both on solid ground and Ocean.

This was the second time SpaceX successfully landed one of its rockets post-launch, the first time was on 21 December 2015, when the company's Falcon 9 rocket touched down at a ground-based landing site in Cape Canaveral, Florida, after putting a satellite into space.

Falcon 9

• Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit.

• As the first rocket completely developed in the 21st century, Falcon 9 was designed from the ground up for maximum reliability.

• Falcon 9’s simple two-stage configuration minimizes the number of separation events -- and with nine first-stage engines, it can safely complete its mission even in the event of an engine shutdown.

• Falcon 9 made history in 2012 when it delivered Dragon into the correct orbit for rendezvous with the International Space Station, making SpaceX the first commercial company ever to visit the station.

• Since 2012, SpaceX has made a total of three flights to the space station, both delivering and returning cargo for NASA.

• Falcon 9, along with the Dragon spacecraft, was designed from the outset to deliver humans into space and under an agreement with NASA; SpaceX is actively working toward that goal.

MOTHER TERESA CONFERRED WITH FOUNDERS AWARD POSTHUMOUSLY IN UK

Mother Teresa was posthumously conferred with the UK's prestigious Founders Award 2016.The award is given to recognise and reward exemplary achievements of people within the global Asian community.

Teresa’s only living relative, her 72-year old niece, Agi Bojazhiu received the award on 8 April 2016.

Teresa, who will be made a saint on 4 September 2016, founded the Missionaries of Charity and spent 45 years serving needy people. She passed away at the age of 87 in Kolkata in 1997.

The Founders Awards recognise and reward exemplary achievement across 14 categories that include business, philanthropy, entertainment, culture and sport. It was launched in 2010 by Paul Sagoo, entrepreneur and founder of the Lemon group.

Recipients in other categories include

• Community Service award: Rami Ranger, a leading NRI entrepreneur and philanthropist who contributed 100000 pounds for the Mahatma Gandhi statue.

Business Leader of the Year award: Prakash Lohia, Chairman and co-founder of Indorama Corporation.

• Outstanding achievement in Television’ award: Kunal Nayyar, actor from the hit American comedy series The Big Bang Theory.

• Outstanding Achievement in Cinema award: Asif Kapadia, he is Oscar and BAFT-winning documentary-maker

• Outstanding achievement in Sports award: Tottenham Hotspurs football star Son Heung-Min of South Korea

• Entrepreneur of the Year award: Anil Agrawal, founder and Executive Chairman of the metal and mining company, Vedanta Resources Corporation.

• Outstanding achievement in Science and Technology: Shuji Nakamura, inventor of the blue LED.

• Social Entrepreneur of the year award: Vikram Patel, the leading mental health researcher of India.

PRIYADARSHINI CHATTERJEE CROWNED FBB MISS INDIA WORLD 2016

Delhi-based Priyadarshini Chatterjee was announced the winner of the FBB Femina Miss India World 2016 at the 53rd edition of the Femina Miss India beauty pageant held in Mumbai. She was crowned the title by Aditi Arya, Femina Miss India 2015.

Bangalore girl Sushruthi Krishna emerged as the Femina Miss India Supranational 2016 and Lucknow girl Pankhuri Gidwani was crowned the Femina Miss India Grand International 2016.

Chatterjee will now represent India at the Miss World 2016 pageant, Krishna will participate at Miss International 2016, while Gidwani will take part at the Miss Grand International beauty pageants.

The winners were chosen by a panel of judges that included Sanjay Dutt and Sania Mirza among others.

List of Special Awards won by contestants

Award

Contestant

Beauty with a purpose

Sushruthi Krishna

Best National Costume

Roshmitha Harimurthy

Best Talent

Dnyanda Shringarpure, Gayathri Reddy and Pankhuri Gidwani

Miss Photogenic

Sushruthi Krishna

Miss Body Beautiful

Rajkanya Baruah

Miss Fashion Icon

Aradhana Buragohain and Gayathri Reddy

Miss Rampwalk

Priyadarshini Chatterjee

Miss Congeniality

Natasha Singh

Miss Beautiful Hair

Niharika Anand

Miss Beautiful Eye

Roshmitha Harimurthy

Miss Beautiful Smile

Akshita Yadav

Miss Beautiful Legs

Roshmitha Harimurthy

Miss Healthy Skin

Rajkanya Baruah

Miss Timeless Beauty

Deeksha Kaushal

Miss Active

Vaishnavi Patwardhan

Miss Sudoku

Navpreet Kaur

Miss Lifestyle

Vaishnavi Patwardhan

Miss Vivacious

Dimple Paul

LEE CHONG WEI DEFEATED CHEN LONG TO WIN MALAYSIAN OPEN 2016

Lee Chong Wei won the men's singles title at the Malaysia Open 2016 held at the Malawati Stadium in Shah Alam, Malaysia.

The world No. 4 grabbed the title by defeating China’s world No. 1 Chen Long a 21-13, 21-8 in just 42 minutes.

The title is Chong Wei's 11th Malaysia Open crown after having won in 2004, 2005, 2006 and consecutively from 2008-2014.

About Lee Chong Wei

Lee Chong Wei is a Malaysian Chinese professional badminton player.

As a singles player, he was ranked first worldwide for 199 consecutive weeks from 21 August 2008 to 14 June 2012.

He is the third Malaysian player after Rashid Sidek and Roslin Hashim to achieve such a ranking, and is the only Malaysian shuttler to hold the number one ranking for more than a year.

He is a silver medallist in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, making him the sixth Malaysian to win an Olympic medal.

KHADIJA ISMAYILOVA TO RECEIVE UNESCO/GUILLERMO CANO WORLD PRESS FREEDOM PRIZE 2016

Investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova of Azerbaijan was chosen for the UNESCO or Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2016.

The Prize will be awarded during the celebration of World Press Freedom Day 3 May 2016 hosted by Finland.

An independent international jury of media professionals recommended Ismayilova in recognition of her outstanding contribution to press freedom in difficult circumstances.

Ismayilova, a freelance journalist and contributor to the Azerbaijani service of Radio Free Europe, was detained in December 2014, and, in September 2015, was sentenced to seven and a half years’ imprisonment on charges relating to abuse of power and tax evasion.

UNESCO or Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2016

The Prize was established by UNESCO’s Executive Board in 1997 to honour a person, organization or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to the defence and, or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, and especially when this has been achieved in the face of danger.

It is funded by the Cano Foundation (Colombia) and the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation (Finland).

The prize includes 25000 US dollars cash Prize in honour of Guillermo Cano Isaza, a Colombian journalist who was assassinated in front of the offices of his newspaper, El Espectador, in Bogotá, on 17 December 1986.

ANTHONY JOSHUA WON INTERNATIONAL BOXING FEDERATION TITLE

Anthony Joshua won the International Boxing Federation heavyweight title. He knocked out Charles Martin in the second round at the O2 Arena in London.

Joshua, the 2012 Olympic gold medallist, captured his first world title in only his 16th professional fight.

Who is Anthony Joshua?

Anthony Joshua is a British professional boxer.

He holds the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles.

As an amateur, he won a gold medal in the super heavyweight division at the 2012 Olympics, and silver at the 2011 World Championships.

As of March 2016, he is ranked the world's eighth best heavyweight boxer by The Ring magazine, and currently holds a 100% knockout ratio.

He is also only the second boxer in history, after Joe Frazier, to win a professional world heavyweight title while still reigning as the Olympic champion at the top weight.

LAMBORGHINI APPOINTED SHARAD AGARWAL AS HEAD OF INDIA OPERATIONS

Italian luxury sports car maker Lamborghini announced the appointment of former Audi India executive Sharad Agarwal as Head of India operations.

As the head of Lamborghini India, Agarwal will be responsible to drive the entire activities for the company in the subcontinent, overseeing sales, marketing, after sales and network development.

Who is Sharad Agarwal?

Prior to his appointment at Lamborghini, Agarwal has been associated with Audi India since May 2012 as Head of Corporate Sales, Fleet and Leasing and Financial Services. He moved as Head of Field Forces in 2013.

He has also been associated with Zuari Industries, TVS Motor Company and Mahindra First Choice.

About Lamborghini

Lamborghini is an Italian brand and manufacturer of luxury sports cars.

Ferruccio Lamborghini, an Italian manufacturing magnate, founded Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini S.p.A. in 1963 to compete with established marques, including Ferrari.

Its production facility and headquarters are located in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy.

DANNY WILLETT WON 2016 US MASTERS GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP

Danny Willett won the US Masters, the first Briton to do so since Nick Faldo in 1996. Willett grabbed the title after defeating defending champion Jordan Spieth.

Willett won his first major championship with a score of 283 (–5), three strokes ahead of runners-up Lee Westwood and Jordan Spieth. Spieth led the tournament from the first round until the 12th hole of the final round, where he made a quadruple-bogey.

The 2016 Masters Tournament was the 80th edition of the Masters Tournament. It was held from 7 April to 10 April 2016 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

About Danny Willett

Willett turned professional in May 2008.

He finished the 2010 season ranked 23rd on the Order of Merit.

He won for the first time on the European Tour in June 2012 at the BMW International Open in Cologne. He defeated Marcus Fraser on the fourth extra hole of a sudden death playoff.

He finished third at the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play, earning special temporary membership on the PGA Tour for the remainder of the 2015 season.

In July 2015, he won his third European Tour title with a one-stroke victory over Matthew Fitzpatrick at the Omega European Masters.

About Masters Tournament

The Masters Tournament, also known as The Masters or The US Masters, is one of the four major championships in professional golf.

It is scheduled for the first full week of April, and it is the first of the majors to be played each year.

It is held each year at the same location, Augusta National Golf Club, a private golf club in the city of Augusta, Georgia, USA.

The Masters was started by Clifford Roberts and Bobby Jones.

 

 

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